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Secure Internet Routing

May 10, 2023

By Bob Cannon, Senior Telecommunications Policy Analyst, NTIA

My name is Bob.  I am number six.

Do you believe me?

If I were wrong… would you know?

In the 1960s television show “The Prisoner,” retired secret agents are held captive in a place known only as “The Village” and assigned numbers to replace their identities.  Protagonist “Number Six” quickly learns that what one claims to be and what one is can be two different things.

Internet routing is a bit like life in The Village.  One network whispers to a second that it is number six.  The second network then tells two other networks that it can send traffic to number six.  And those two networks tell two more networks that they can reach the network that reaches number six.  And so on.  Networks make routing decisions based on these whispers, following the path back to the network that says it is number six.  Sometimes those whispers are right. Sometimes they are wrong. When they are wrong, Internet traffic can go astray.

NTIA Celebrates April as National Supply Chain Integrity Month

April 21, 2023

This April marks the 6th annual National Supply Chain Integrity Month. NTIA and its Federal partners are pleased to participate in this campaign to raise awareness of the threats to supply chains, the resources available to mitigate such threats, and ways to build resilience to future risks. 

This year’s theme is “Supply Chain Risk Management – The Recipe for Resilience.” The “recipe” for improving an organization’s resilience involves several key ingredients:  

  • Acquisition security,  
  • Information security,  
  • Insider threat mitigation, and  
  • Cybersecurity.  

A comprehensive supply chain risk management (SCRM) program allows an organization to better understand its risk profile and where and when to implement mitigations throughout the supply chain lifecycle.     

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Notice Requesting Comments on Competition in the Mobile App Ecosystem

April 21, 2022

The Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy directs the Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Attorney General and the Chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), to conduct a study of the mobile application (app) ecosystem, and submit a report to the Chair of the White House Competition Council, regarding findings and recommendations for improving competition, reducing barriers to entry, and maximizing user benefit with respect to the ecosystem.  Through this Request for Comment, NTIA is requesting comments on competition in the ecosystem in which

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